This leek plant began as a seed nine months ago. In January we harvested the majority of leeks, and waited another 5 months for this flower to bloom. Gardens, and children, change and grow so much over a nine-month period. It has been incredibly rewarding to observe. See how our garden has bloomed in 5 months:
Mostly I focus on taking care of the plants but every once in awhile I am reminded that I am also taking care of developing minds. Ms. Manion’s 4th graders attended garden lessons in the fall and early spring. Today they gave Ben and I bound books with a letter from each student and photos of our sessions. I’ll share them all in a separate post, but here is an example:
Dear Ben and Megan,
Thank you for volunteering at our school. All of us love to come to your garden because we learned so much about plants. Thank you for showing us about the worms that give the ground new air. Now I love worms getting in my garden. I also know that the grass weed there are bad. I take the weeds out of my garden.
The best part was when we ate salad. I didn’t know that you could eat flowers in salad. That was delicious, “yum, yum.” Thank you for helping the earth by planting plants. Ben and Megan, I had a great time with you guys. Thanks for everything. You made out school better.
For the last class we harvested beet seeds and sampled Zucchini Bread with Moroccan Spices. I made it yesterday with the bumper zucchini crop.
Over the summer there will be community volunteers (Thankfully; we have squash and tomatoes to feed an army!), but I know I will miss these kids. Until the fall, that is